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government will withdraw 500 troops from afghanistan by the end of 2012. reducing troop levels to 9,000. following his remarks he answered questions from the opposition leader and members of the house of commons on counterterrorism efforts with pakistan, setting up officer training academies for afghan police and security operations in the region. this is an hour. >> prime minister. >> thank you, mr. speaker. with the mission i'd like to make a statement on afghanistan. from the outset this government has sought to take a more hard-headed, more security-based approach to our mission. as i said, we're not there to build a perfect democracy. still less a model society. yes, we will help with the establishment of democratic institutions. yes, we can improve infrastructure, develop education, encourage development. but we are in afghanistan for one overriding reason, to ensure our own national security by helping the afghans to take control of theirs. this means building up the afghan security forces so we can drawdown british combat forces with the afghans themselves able to prevent al
media empire. stephanie gosk, nbc news, london. >>> in afghanistan tonight a lot of unanswered questions about the shocking assassination of president hamid karzai's half-brother. a man who was also a powerful figure in his own right, shot in cold blood at his home by a trusted associate. we have the story from kabul. >> reporter: hi, ann. ahmed wali karzai, he was lured and killed in his home by a trusted security guard and confidant named sardar muhammad. out of a meeting and shot in cold blood. he was shot and killed by other security guards. he used the trust to lure him out of a meeting and shoot him in cold blood. he was also shot and killed by other security guards. the taliban have claimed responsibility saying they had been working with the killer for, quote, some time." awk was an infamous power broker in kandahar province, a key province and the spiritual home of the taliban and considered to be a part of the drug trade but u.s. and nato officials say they needed him, a stabilizing figure in an otherwise unstable region. his death leaves behind a power vacuum and is considered
cheney and koe cokie roberts as well. >>> defense secretary leon panetta visits afghanistan. the paper reports a possible halt of $800 million in assistance of equipment. this could have a dramatic effect on u.s. troops in afghanistan. this report out of the "new york times" says the aid could resume if pakistan takes tougher action against the taliban as well as al qaeda. meanwhile, defense secretary leon panetta is in afghanistan as i was mentioning. panetta is meeting with american military leaders as well as afghan officials. atia abawi is in kabul, afghanistan. he's making strong remarks when it comes to al qaeda and how he wants to continue stamping them out. >> reporter: good morning, thomas. that's absolutely right. on his flight from d.c. to kabul he did speak to reporter on the plane that he was on about al qaeda and said that the strategic defeat of al qaeda was within reach, pointing to the death of osama bin laden, pointing to the information that we were able to retrieve from his compound, including the names of key leaders that they'd like to go after. and he says that t
and afghanistan. leading the u.s. back under a grant. it is 11:00 a.m. here in singapore. >> it is 4:00 a.m. here in london. broadcasting to people around the world. news international has intensified with fresh criticism from the former prime minister gordon brown. in an interview with the bbc mr. brown claimed that the sunday brown newspaper hired criminals to get his financial and medical records and he was left in tears after the signing gave information about his son's a cystic fibrosis. ministers will discuss whether to call on plans for rupert murdoch's bid for the bskyb to be abandoned. this report from our deputy political editor does contain flash cryptography. >> here is gordon again in downing street with his daughter elisabeth next to him. and their top editor, rebekah brooks, the red hat on the right. for years a team brown stayed close. no more. the smiles fell away. using criminals to investigate his private life. >> i had my bank accounts broken into. ilesd my lawyers' f blanked. my tax returns went missing at one point. medical records have been broken into. i do not know how al
. >>> in afghanistan tonight a lot of unanswered questions about the shocking assassination of president hamid karzai's half-brother. shot in cold blood at his home by a trusted associate. we have the story from kabul. >> reporter: hi, anne. am ahmed wali karzai, he was lured out of a meeting and shot in cold blood. he was shot and killed by other security guards. the taliban have claimed responsibility saying they had been working with the killer for, quote, some time." awk was an infamous power broker in kandahar province, a key province and the spiritual home of the taliban and considered to be a part of the drug trade but u.s. and nato officials say they needed him, a stabilizing figure and an otherwise unstable region. his death leaves behind a power vacuum and is considered a big victory for the taliban, anne? >> thank you so much. >>> another milestone up in space today as two residents of the international space station stepped outside to retrieve a broken ammonia pump so it could be returned to earth for examination. it was the final space walk of the american shuttle era. meantime, the land
, the which he and debt crisis are weighing heavily on u.s. troops in afghanistan. and the top question on their minds saturday, even as bombings rock the city around them, was the top u.s. military officer couldn't answer. a question he couldn't answer. will we -- these are soldiers in afghanistan with bombs bursting around them and here is what the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said. and i quote, i actually don't know the answer to that question. i noknow mike mcmullen responde while at the same time saying continuing to work each day, wearing the uniform, listening to bombs go off around them. that's why today we have with us some -- what is referred to you by you press folks as real people. i guess we're not. we have students like laura and sydney, veterans like bill and roger and carlos, arianna, who is a senior, guillermo, who say senior, lucia, a senior, felicia is a senior, mary ellen is a senior, alisa is a senior, they're here representing the millions of people around this country who are as brave as the soldiers on the front lines in afghanistan. we don't have time f
entered tack pan from afghanistan. authorities say the video appears to be real. the bbc received cell phone video showing the bodies being found. ? in afghanistan the general handed over command of the afghanistan war to his successor. it'll be john allen's task to guide force as they prepare to hand off security control to afghanistan forces by the end of 2014. >>> the hand off happened hours after a top alli of the afghanistan president was gunned down a member of the parl," ament was also killed. just last week the president's half brother was killed. the taliban is claiming responsibility. >> the pleasant hill's association said it's rejecting the contract offer. according to the union the city's last offer called for employees to pay 10% of their health care premium and 4% of their retirement. currently they pay $55 a month for family medical coverage. the current contract will expire at the end of the month. >>> tonight the city council will consider guidelines for the use of cell phone, that prompted by the fear that use could be linked to damage to the brain. the guidelines w
month by taliban militants who entered tack pan from afghanistan. authorities say the video appears to be real. the bbc received cell phone video showing the bodies being found. ? in afghanistan the general handed over command of the afghanistan war to his successor. it'll be john allen's task to guide force as they prepare to hand off security control to afghanistan forces by the end of 2014. >>> the hand off happened hours after a top alli of the afghanistan president was gunned down a member of the parl," ament was also killed. just last week the president's half brother was killed. the taliban is claiming responsibility. >> the pleasant hill's association said it's rejecting the contract offer. according to the union the city's last offer called for employees to pay 10% of their health care premium and 4% of their retirement. currently they pay $55 a month for family medical coverage. the current contract will expire at the end of the month. >>> tonight the city council will consider guidelines for the use of cell phone, that prompted by the fear that use could be linked to dam
out in afghanistan or ahmed wali karzai. the president wept openly during the burial at one point climbing inside the grave to help move his brother's body. ahmed karzai was murdered yesterday by a trusted body guard. >>> there will be a second memorial service in michigan tonight for former first lady betty ford. she died friday at age 93 was mourned at funeral services yesterday in palm desert, among those attending, rosalyn carter, hillary clinton. >>> prince fielder got mvp for this three-run homer in the fourth inning. >>> 14 minutes past the hour. here's chris. >> thanks so much. >>> a blistering heat wave continues across large sections of the country, from texas to the east coast while parts of the northeast will finally see some relief today. cbs's betty nguyen is in times square with more for us today. hi betty. >> reporter: hi there chris. we've been lucky in new york, seen temperatures in the high 90s but in the plains states, this heat wave is fueling one of the worst droughts that many have seen in decades. crippling heat gripped half of the nation tuesday as the nat
pakistan is critical to the success in afghanistan, as a supply route. things have been tense for a while. highlighted by the apparent lack of communication surrounding our raid that took out bin laden on their soil. today, white house chief of staff bill daley made clear that until we patch it up with pakistan, their wallets will be lighter. >> obviously, they have been an important ally in the fight on terrorism. they've been victim of enormous amount of terrorism. but right now, they have taken some steps that have given us reason to pause on some of the aid which we were giving to their military. >> reporter: using broader strokes, president obama said this week that we need to keep giving foreign countries aid so they don't become terrorist breeding grounds. he thinks it's worth it though we don't have dough to spare at home. >> it's smart for us to make a very modest invest in the foreign aid. it's a force multiplier and something that even in tough fiscal times, america needs to continue to do as part of our role as global leader. >> reporter: the money we withhold won't affect non
have expanded radically with involvement in afghanistan and iraq. as we will hear, the u.s. as crated a police force in iraq that may number as many as 400,000 personnel. the goal of the u.s.-led nato training effort is at 157,000 police and the cost of this training program to the u.s. alone is about $1 billion per month. today, police assistance programs in the government are in multibillion-dollar effort led by the departments of defense and the department state but involving a number of other federal agencies. as programs have grown in size and cost, they also grow in kind. as you saw from the exhibition here on the screen, policing around the world is heavily impacted by history, culture, legal systems, and level of development. police forces differ markedly, so do they differ by agency and the country in which they work in. today, we have assembled a panel of very distinguished experts to discuss the various approaches that the u.s. government takes towards police training in foreign countries. you have the bad reviews for our speakers, so i will not do that. the speakers will c
with an assassination in afghanistan. the powerful half-brother of afghan president hamid karzai was murdered this morning. officials say that ahmed wali karzai was shot to death by one of his own bodyguards at his home in kandahar. cbs news correspondent mandy clark is there. >> god willing there will be an answer of pain and suffering on the people, and peace and security will be implemented in our country so that no other afghan family will go through such pains that we all have suffered. >> reporter: ahmed wali karzai was a controversial figure. he was widely seen as the de facto governor of kandahar province, giving orders to public officials behind the scenes, but more importantly in this society, solving tribal disputes. over the years there were persistent reports that he was involved in drug trafficking. in an interview last year with cbs news, he dismissed those allegations. >> no one came up with any proof that i am involved in any illegal activity. >> reporter: the security situation here is mixed. the taliban do not operate freely in the city, but have launched occasional spectac
the morning off. >> we've got a lot of news this morning, including some breaking news out of afghanistan. >> that's right. we begin there where afghan president hamid karzai's half brother was found shot to death at his home. ahmed wali karzai was the provenÇal council chief of kandahar. he suffered gunshot wounds to his head and chest according to hospital officials. a spokesman for kandahar's government said a guard killed karzai. the taliban says -- >> we've seen the worst so far. excessive heat warnings and advisories posted in 23 states. the heat in many areas could reach 115 degrees. the heat wave is being blamed for one death in madison county, illinois. in oklahoma it was so hot, that part of a highway buckled. look at that. motorist was hospitalized after his bike hit the buckled pavement. in arkansas several communities have opened cooling centers. good rule of thumb in tis heat whatever you're doing don't overdo it. >> if you're going to go outside in heat like this better be drinking a lot of water before you come out. make sure you have some substance in your stomach or you
half brother of the afghan president, he was extremely influential in southern afghanistan, but very controversial too. karzai was rumored to be involved with the opium trade. karzai helped nato forces bring local leaders and the taliban to the negotiating table. he was shot and killed at home today by his bodyguard. the taliban has claimed responsibility for that attack as noted. but there is skepticism about whether or not they really had anything to do with it. >>> president obama met with congressional leaders late this afternoon in another effort to reach a deal on the nation's debt limit. republicans proposed a short term deal, it runs out when the president's term expires. steve handlesman reports. >>> as republicans turned up the heat on him, president obama wand if there's no deal to raise the debt limit, 20 billion in social security benefits, payments to veterans and the like. 70 million checks might not be mailed. he spoke to cbs. >> i cannot guarantee those checks go out on august third if we haven't resolved this issue. >> mitch mcconnell fired back saying, the problem
and making workers invest more into their retirement. >>> in afghanistan, a precision air strike today killed a leader of a militant network that's believed responsible for this week's attack on the intercontinental hotel in kabul. the hacani network has ties to the taliban and al-qaida and is now one of the biggest threats to civility in afghanistan. 20 people died in the hotel siege including all nine militants. >>> right now checks are made every hour at schools in japan. many japanese continue to be concerned about radiation levels from the plant despite assurances from the government that exposure levels are within acceptable limits. >>> san francisco city attorney says a november ballot measure that would you law circumcision of children is unconstitutional. jewish and muslim leaders have denounced the proposed circumcision ban. >>> smokers who receive five text messages a day encouraging them not to smoke were twice as likely to quit. 10.7% remained smoke free six months later, more than double the rate of those who never received cell phone reminders. the cdc says it usually takes sev
. sara's new husband will return from afghanistan in december. she said she's looking forward to celebrating their wedding in person. >> and we wish them well well -- we wish them well. >> she has that new bride glow. >> yes, she does. >>> sal, are you watching the bridges? >> maureen, what would you know about that new bride glow? [ laughter ] >>> good morning. yes we're seeing traffic in all of the usual spots. let's go outside. it's highway 4, it will be slow in antioch and also slow at the toll plaza, include the bay bridge where you will see slow traffic from about 10 to 15 miles an hour. the traffic will be slow. this is a look at interstate 880 right here in front of the coliseum. the traffic is nice if you are trying to catch a flight at oakland international. it shouldn't an big problem for you at 880. look at 280. it's not all that great. we thought we might see summer vacation light. but it's not happening now. >> sal, sunshine already for some. the fog yesterday was everywhere. today is kind of just -- about half of the coverage. there's still plenty of areas with
ever. mandy clark, cbs news, kandahar, afghanistan. >> mandy clark in canada half, afghanistan, thank you very much. >>> in london this morning, wiki leaks founder julian assange in a hearing. he is appealing he should be sent back to sweden to answer questions about two rape charges. he worried sweden might send him to the u.s. over the release of classified documents. >>> texas baseball fan who fell to his death last week has been laid to rest. hundreds tourned out for the funeral of shannon stone who was a husband, firefighter and at a rangers game last week he reached for a ball and lost his balance and fell. >>> in phoenix, upper right hand corner of your screen here, watch. a guy dangling off a railing. he had been standing at a table during the derby trying to catch a ball. not smart. almost went over. luckily, his brother and others were there to pull him to safety. pretty incredible pictures. >>> by the way, that's where the home run derby, a special moment lasted night. a family affair for robinson cano with his father pitching to him, cano blasted 32 homers to win, includin
recipient to make it out of afghanistan alive. the army ranger took a bullet through both legs during a firefight. he still managed to fling an enemy grenade away from two other rangers -- from the other rangers. the grenade exploded taking off petri's right hand. >>> well, it is the scandal rocking one of the most powerful media empires in the world and it is getting bigger and even uglier today. two more of rupert murdoch's newspapers in great britain are being called out for allegedly breemping the privacy of everyone, from the former prime minister to the queen of england. murdoch himself along with his son and one of his top editors are being called by the british government to explain themselves. dan rivers, she in london. and, dan, tell us about this. it seems to go all the way at the top of newscorp. i understand we just lost dan. we're going it try to get back to dan as quickly as we can to bring you the very latest. i understand now we have dan. dan, can you hear me? dan? can you hear me? >> reporter: yes, i can hear you fine. >> dan, tell us about how high up this goes? we
mansion. >>> a stunning assassination in afghanistan. the half-brother of karzai was shot to death at his home by a close associate. the taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack on karzai. petraeus, commander and nato forces promised international help in finding those responsible. karzai was the controversial figure who denied allegations of corruption and beinglinged to drugs. karzai's death leaves a power vacuum in the south as the government begins peace talks with insurgents. >> we suffered from the same kind of pain and our hope is that god willing, there is an end to the pain and suffering of our afghan people. >> car jay survived several previous assassination at the same times. -- assassination attempts. >>> congressman ron paul won't run for congress again. the 75-year-old has gotten more support for his presidential run than ever and won't try to run for two offices at once. mayor john huntsman is in south carolina telling primary voter when is he was governor of utah, the state ranked first in job creation and compared that to massachusetts which, which is 47ing. the
.s. operations in afghanistan is a west point graduate and a 37-year veteran of the u.s. army. the four-star general is also credited with turning around the war in iraq. >>> defense secretary robert gates retired with quite a the resume. he was saluted today with all the pomp and circumstance the pentagon could muster. president bush brought gates to the pentagon to reshape the wars in afghanistan and iran. he was given the highest civilian award gimp an outgoing defense secretary. >> you're not only one of the longest serving defense secretaries in the history but it is also clear you've about been one of the best. 'll just say here that i will think of these young warriors, the ones who fought, the ones who keep on fighting, the ones who never made it back till the end of my days. >> gates' career took him through the ranks of the cia, then to the pentagon in late 2006 as america was fighting two wars. >>> well, still ahead at 6:00 now -- >> reporter: doctors have developed this. a new way to dramatically decrease the size of your scar after surgery. vial that story coming up. >>> al
are slightly more in favor of the war in afghanistan than the rest of republicans. they've been only barely more likely than republican voters in general to see federal government debt as a serious threat to the country. on this show last night, wayne slater, who has been covering the potential presidential candidacy of rick perry as well as the politicking in iowa explained the republican base right now that he's seeing as a seasoned political reporter as tevangelical. i think that's much closer than the -- closer to the truth than common wisdom has been. however, this year, however much that drives the pundit class to distraction about how different politics will be this year, really what republicans are dealing with is a traditional conservative base this year that is extra obsessed with abortion. there is nothing new under the sun. maybe the universe is trying to remind us of that by having newt gingrich run again. when you look at the evidence, seems like an upsurge of the faction the republican party has harbored for a generation now and ignoring the religious and theocratic impulses
. >>> in afghanistan, a precision air strike today killed a leader of a militant network that's believed responsible for this week's attack on the intercontinental hotel in kabul. the hacani network has ties to the taliban and al-qaida and is now one of the biggest threats to civility in afghanistan. 20 people died in the hotel siege including all nine militants. >>> right now checks are made every hour at schools in japan. many japanese continue to be concerned about radiation levels from the plant despite assurances from the government that exposure levels are within acceptable limits. >>> san francisco city attorney says a november ballot measure that would you law circumcision of children is unconstitutional. jewish and muslim leaders have denounced the proposed circumcision ban. >>> smokers who receive five text messages a day encouraging them not to smoke were twice as likely to quit. 10.7% remained smoke free six months later, more than double the rate of those who never received cell phone reminders. the cdc says it usually takes several attempts before someone can quit smoking. >>> here in
petteri will be receiving the medal of honor because he had a gun to his head in afghanistan. he was asked to do something for his country, let's ask these people in washington to do something for their country. just get together and get something done. >> you know, there is huge news out of afghanistan this morning that we're going to get to as well as rupert murdoch and his media empire. what's going on with that. >> this is extending, by the way, to "the times" of london? >> yes, the big story. >> the other players, this is earth shattering. i thought the big thing -- i thought it was about one tabloid. whew. this is so serious. >>> ahead this morning, we're going to bring in the ranking member of the budget committee, congressman chris van hollen. and oil tycoon t. boone pickens will be here. eugene robinson. >> by the way, on that story, i mean, they're not tapping the phones of the british prime minister, but they're -- they're trying to get his records -- >> may be an institution that has rot on the the core. it is a big problem. >> medical records. >> bank accounts. >> after the br
threat than that -- yemen is a greater threat than that on the afghanistan/pakistan border. >>> the committee chairman says more than 40 americans have been recruited by al qaeda- linked terror otherses. >>> otherses -- organizations. >>> house speaker john boehner is delaying a vote on his rescue plan. ktvu's alison burns is live in our washington, d.c. newsroom to explain this vote delay. alison. >> reporter: dave, that's right. speaker boehner is being forced to rewrite his plan because none partisan numbers will not produces the deficit savings that the speaker promised. president obama promised to veto that plan anyway, but this is another setback with just six days to go. we were in several congressional offices yesterday where phone and e-mail systems were overloaded with people weighing in. democrats are railing against republican plans to cut the deficit with no dax increases. >> they don't just want to make cuts. they want to destroy. they want to destroy food safety, clean air, clean water, the department of education. >> and while conservatives say the cuts in
the winding down of military operations in iraq and afghanistan. and, it would give the government an additional $2.7 trillion in borrowing authority to last through 2012. the top republican in the senate mitch mcconnell said democrats were playing with fire by opposing the boehner plan. >> it's inconceivable to me that they would actually block the only bill that could get through the house of representatives and prevent a default right now. it's inconceivable to me that they would do this for no other reason than to help the president avoid another debate before the election about the need for washington to get its fiscal house in order. >> reporter: those words were echoed by many house republicans who took to the floor this afternoon. >> what needs to be done today-- if you owe debts, pay debts. but we also owe a debt to this generation struggling and the next that we can only repay through fiscal reform. >> reporter: house democrats, such as jim mcgovern of massachusetts, had a very different take on the plan. >> i keep expecting lion tamers and acrobats to appear on the house
french soldiers and one afghan civilian is dead after a bomb exploded in eastern afghanistan. three other soldiers and three afghanis were also wounded in that blast. the troops had been guarding a meeting of local leaders when a terrorist detonated the bomb. the attack comes a day after french president, nicolas sarkozy, announces that he's pulling out a quarter of france's 4,000 troops involved in nato-led operations in afghanistan by the end of next year. >>> a new warning by president obama will likely overshadow the fourth straight day of debt negotiations today. the president said last night that he couldn't guarantee that social security checks and payments to veterans and the disabled would be with mailed on time if a deal isn't done by august 2nd. but republicans say a deal won't happen if democrats don't give up on tax hikes. >> our president thinks that he's got to condition any prescription to fix these programs on tax increases. again, if that's what he's looking for, we're not going there. >> senate gop leader mitch mcconnell also outlined a proposal that would give the pres
tour of military duty in afghanistan, and you will see his happy homecoming right here only on 2. 19-year-old lance corporal riley walter received a hero's welcome and escort to his family home. his friends and high school sweetheart and parents were all thrilled to see him home safely. he says his time in afghanistan makes him appreciate even more what he has here in the united states. >> my experience is definitely changed. i mean, it makes me so much more proud. there's a lot more honor. i love serving this country, our yet nation. and we were doing get things over there. probably the proudest guy in town right now. >> walter family says this independence day will always have special meaning because of riley's military service. >>> royal newlyweds william and kate continue their tour of canada today. later this afternoon they are going to depart from montreal. that's where they'll tour a children's hospital and then on friday, william and kate will make their way to southern california. they're going to be greeted at the los angeles international airport by governor brown and his
parents preparing for an emotional independence day. their daughter, rebecca, is in afghanistan, deployed in may, she had to leave her husband and 6-month-old baby anthony behind in colorado. >> she knew as a new mom that she would have to leave her baby behind. >> reporter: it's a difficult situation. communication with her is spotty at best. >> i haven't heard from her in two weeks. >> reporter: but they are counting their blessings. >> we were lucky enough that our son-in-law brice didn't have to deploy to iraq. he was supposed to deploy this past september, so he is currently home taking care of our grandson. >> reporter: as they face what could be a difficult fourth of july, people in town are lifting them up. >> we're here basically to acknowledge them, to say thank you. maybe it's because they never did it for our guys way back in the '60s. >> reporter: mike is with operation yellow ribbon, organizing care package deliveries and compiling a list of local soldiers away from home this holiday season. the names will be read and family also be honored on the fourth. >> everything the t
of the war in afghanistan, which is what we're going to spend over the next four years? now there is a good cut that we ought to make. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee rise? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. roe: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to recognize a true american hero, private first class joe immediate. private class meed was a member of mike company third battalion, 26th marines. he died in vietnam when his battalion was fightin while carrng a wounded comrade to a wounded helicopter, he stepped on a land mine and was killed. he was on a -- he was only 19 at the time. in recognition of his valor he was awarded the silver star. dwayne crawford, his former commanding officer who recently founded a scholarship in his officer, had these words to say about joe's actions. with total disregard for his own life, he continually exposed himself to danger by administering first aid to his wounded comrades. offering them comforting words and helping them to me
news. >> and marines based out of california will be among the first troops to leave afghanistan. the second ranking commander says today by the end of the summer, the third battalion, fourth marine regiment will leave zmot be replaced. the unit has between a thousand and 1200 marines. the home base is 29 palms. the commander says some aspects will not be decided until fall. >>> a bill ensuring california textbooks include history and accomplishments of gays and lease beeins is on the governor's desk. and governor brown's decision could have implications for students across the country. >> i have then believe her through multiple years. >> and she was bullied at school for being gay. the graduate think that's it would have made a difference having head raed about his storeal gay figures in school books. >> i -- it doesn't have to be to so crammy for me. >> governor brown is weighing a bill requiring public schools to teach history of less gee bein, and transgender americans. the decision could be significant. california is the largest textbook buyer in the united states. and repr
and soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan. it comes as the paper's owner, news international, faces similar accusations. authorities say its tabloid, "news of the world" tapped in voicemails of families of murder victims. one case involved a teen abducted and killed in 2002. authorities say the tabloid deleted voicemail messages on her cell phone, which gave her family false hope. news international's owner rupert murdoch calls the new allegations unacceptable. >>> preparations are under way for the royal couple's visit to california. they will land in los angeles tomorrow. they're only in l.a. for three days, though. the duke and duchess will attend a business event at the beverly hills hilton hotel. a charity polo match. and a job fair. the couple is taking extra measures to make sure that they have some privacy. they have legally secured paparazzi free zones. that means that if the photographers get too close, they will be arrested. >>> meanwhile, the duke and duchess are wrapping up their visit to canada. at the last minute they decided to visit the heavily fire-damaged town of slave la
's newspapers. >>> and sergeant surprise. a marine serving in afghanistan takes a chance on youtube and asks a favorite actress, mila kunis, to a military ball. >> take a second to think about it, get back to me. >> her response? yes! and now he's the envy of the corps. this is "today" on july 12th, corps. this is "today" on july 12th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm ann curry. >> i'm matt lauer. nice to see you. >> nice to see you. welcome back. we really missed you. partner in crime. >> i had perfect weather on vacation. now that perfect sunny weather has turned perfect, sunny and brutally hot. if you're in the new york area today, hopefully your afternoon plans will be indoor. 103 today. >> we're not alone. heat advisories have been issued for at least 18 states, matt. and in illinois, the dangerous temperatures are blamed for at least one death. we'll get details and al's forecast straight ahead. >>> nbc news investigates a controversy involving gop presidential hopeful michele bachmann. she owns a christian coun
't qualify for federal health benefits, at least till there's more research. >>> in afghanistan, the mayor was killed in a suicide bomb attack. the suicide attacker reportedly placed an explosive device in his turbine and detonated it inside a city hall where the mayor was having a meeting. this comes days after the president's half-brother was killed. the taliban has claimed responsibility for both attacks. >>> u.s. counterterrorism officials are increasingly convinced that al qaeda is on the brink of collapse. they say that the killing of osama bin laden and six years of drone strikes on al qaeda hide -- hideouts has significantly weakened the group. >>> 5:17. governor brown nominated a u.s. berkley law professor to become the next state supreme court justice. he has been teaching continuous 2003 and he once clerked for u.s. supreme court justice ginsburg. president obama nominated him to the ninth circuit of appeals. republicans blocked that nomination. if he is confirmed, he will replace the retiring justice. >>> opponents of a new state law is that public schools must teach about the
the government could default. the debt crisis on capitol hill is weighing heavily on troops in afghanistan. they are wondering if they will get their paychecks. during a visit to afghanistan today the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff told a group of soldiers he doesn't know. he says he believes troops will eventually get paid but acknowledges waiting for that money would be difficult for troops which live paycheck to paycheck. >>> california presidential primary is moving from february to june next year to save the state money. governor brown signed a bill yesterday making that official. it's expecting to save california $100 million. the move means a statewide primary will take place on the same day back in 2008. california tried to increase its political cloud by moving its presidential primary to super tuesday in february. a new political ad targeting identity theft is hitting bay area radio and already generating controversy. >> i just got back from the super market and the pushy signature gathers are back. >> i even read the names and addresses on petitions were sent to other cou
been answering questions at a news conference in afghanistan. >> what i read in the papers is quite shocking that someone could do this, actually knowing that the police were trying to find this person and trying to find out what had happened. >>> she was found dead six months after she went missing. a serial killer was convicted of her murder last month. >> the nuclear lab in new mexico is set to reopen today now that the threat of the largest wildfire in state history has passed. that fire has burned more than 121,000 acres. the town was evacuated last week. residents were allowed back in on monday. they believe the fire was sparked by a tree falling on to power lines. >> the final space shuttle launch is in danger of being postponed because of severe weather in florida. there is 60% chance of rain will delay the liftoff of the atlantis. countdown clock started ticking yesterday. they are going to the international space station, once it returns. it will be retired. >>> local person makes good, yet again. >> recapping our top stories, crews are looking for seven americans still mi
afghanistan. >> if they are true, this is a truly dreadful act and situation. >> widespread and varied hacking has become. >>> there are reports tonight suggesting apple's next generation iphone five could be ready in september. a tech company received an order for 15 million iphones from apple. that company pegatrom declined to comment. last year pegatron expanded to manufacture 10 million iphones. >>> verizon is getting rid of its unlimited data plan. beginning on thursday the company will roll out 10 data tiers. customers currently using an unlimited data plan will be able to keep their plan. >>> a battle between facebook and a -- the tool would be useful for people switching from facebook to google plus. the developer says he's working on a way to get around it. >>> in an ironic twist, mark zuckerberg is the most followed person on google plus. according to the website, social statistics zuckerberg has more than 34,000 followers. google cofounder's larry page and sir brent round out -- sergey brent round out the top three. >>> and police are looking for a truck like this. fresh start uses
and is looking into it. british minister cameron even commented on the situation while visiting afghanistan. >> if they are true, this is a truly dreadful act and situation. >> widespread and varied hacking has become. >>> there are reports tonight suggesting apple's next generation iphone five could be ready in september. a tech company received an order for 15 million iphones from apple. that company pegatrom declined to comment. last year pegatron expanded to manufacture 10 million iphones. >>> verizon is getting rid of its unlimited data plan. beginning on thursday the company will roll out 10 data tiers. customers currently using an unlimited data plan will be able to keep their plan. >>> a battle between facebook and a -- the tool would be useful for people switching from facebook to google plus. the developer says he's working on a way to get around it. >>> in an ironic twist, mark zuckerberg is the most followed person on google plus. according to the website, social statistics zuckerberg has more than 34,000 followers. google cofounder's larry page and sir brent round out -- serge
of 10,000 american troops in afghanistan by year's end, now under way. military officials say this is the first group of soldiers whose redeployment will not be replaced by a fresh rotation of troops. >>> five years after the idea was initially vetoed the state of california will now require public school history books to feature contributions by gay, lesbian and transgender people. brown calls the legislation, quote, an important step forward for our state. >>> one of california's most important commuter highways will slow to a crawl this weekend, and some are calling the gridlock karcakarmcarmageddon. the end goal of the project is to widen the road to ease c conjustion. >>> we'll talk with l.a. mayor about the road closure and how his city is preparing for carmageddon. >>> after hinting around it for months, some of you be able to ease through airport security. but be ready to give up some of your privacy. i will explain. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement insurance card,
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